Who We Are
Founded in 2016 by the LaRock Family, Rock Ranch is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing horsemanship training, riding lessons, senior programming, and mental health counseling in a natural, Christ-filled setting. We are members of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and certified in Eagala (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).
Rock Ranch provides opportunities for persons to improve themselves physically, cognitively, socially and psychologically while learning the art and skills of horsemanship in a Christ filled setting.
WHAT MAKES ROCK RANCH SPECIAL
Customized programming and personalized, small group lessons
Inclusive, welcoming environment to all
Family atmosphere and leadership
Rural location in Hills, MN just minutes away from Sioux Falls, SD
Faith component and emphasis on love and joy
Mental Health counseling focusing on ARCH (Arenas for Change) & Eagala models
Belief in the work, the people, and the impact
"Rock Ranch is a priceless experience that all four of our kids look forward to all year. Marie is so caring with the kids and tailors the sessions for each individual child. Our family is forever grateful for all of their help!"
"My two boys (10 and 13) finished their fourth session of riding lessons at Rock Ranch this past summer. It’s an activity that they truly enjoy and look forward to. They talk about the horses like their friends and always have a story about what they were able to do on “their” horse that day. It’s fun – for them, it’s just plain FUN. But as their mom, I see more than that. I see instructors who are genuine, friendly and encouraging. I see well planned activities that build focus and memory. I see goals adjusted for their individual needs. I see confidence gained after each session. And, I see FUN too! It’s been such a great addition to our summer plans, and we would welcome the opportunity to enjoy riding time throughout the year."
“I love Flo! I love Marie teaching me!” — Grace Andera (7)
“Grace’s favorite two weeks of the whole year are the two weeks she has horse lessons during June and July. Grace has loved horses her whole life and Rock Ranch gives her a place to learn, grow and continue to develop her love of horses. Marie and the Rock Ranch volunteers are a blessing to Grace and our whole family!”
— Jason and Sarah Andera